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Fifth Circuit Relies on Escobar in Vacating $663 Million FCA Judgment

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit vacated a $663 million judgment, concluding that the Supreme Court’s opinion in Escobar doomed the plaintiff’s FCA claims on the issue of materiality....more

Numbers, Numbers, Numbers and FCPA Enforcement

by Thomas Fox on

If I told you that the last seven batting titles were won by baseball players who were originally from Venezuela, would you immediately run down to ICE and claim that our national pastime had been overrun by Venezuelan...more

SEC Issues Risk Alert on the Most Frequent Advertising Rule Compliance Issues and Use of Accolades in Advertisements

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

I. Advertising Rule Compliance Issues - On September 14, 2017, the staff of the SEC's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a National Examination Program Risk Alert on the most frequent advertising...more

SEC Wants the Truth and Nothing but the Truth in Advertising

Tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth: that’s the message to registered investment advisors from the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) in a recent risk alert about the SEC’s...more

Filed v. Furnished, What’s the Difference?

by Sullivan & Worcester on

When disclosing information in a filing with the SEC, it is important to know whether such disclosure and any related exhibits should be "filed" or "furnished". To non-lawyers, this may seem like semantics or another...more

When Speaking to Investors, Mix Facts with Predictions at Your Peril

The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 protects “forward-looking statements”—that is, predictions about the future, at least when they are accompanied by “meaningful cautionary statements” that could cause the...more

Southern District Of New York Dismisses Securities Fraud Suit Against La Quinta Holdings, Inc., Finding No Adequately Alleged...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On August 24, 2017, Judge Alison J. Nathan of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed with prejudice a putative securities class action against hotel chain La Quinta Holdings, Inc....more

Northern District Of Texas Dismisses Putative Securities Fraud Class Action Against Pier 1 Imports For Failure To Adequately Plead...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On August 10, 2017, Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas dismissed a putative securities class action brought against Pier 1 Imports, Inc. (“Pier 1”) and its former...more

SEC Charges Chief Compliance Officer for Failure to Verify Information

David I. Osunkwo was a principal at Strategic Consulting Advisors, LLC, or SC Consulting. SC Consulting offered compliance consulting and CCO services to two SEC registered investment adviser firms under common control, Aegis...more

Central District Of California Denies Motion To Dismiss Putative Securities Class Action Against El Pollo Loco Restaurant Chain,...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On August 4, 2017, United States District Judge David O. Carter of the United States District Court for the Central District of California denied a motion to dismiss a putative securities fraud class action against El Pollo...more

Northern District Of California Denies Motion To Dismiss, Holding That Allegations Supported Inference That Statements Regarding...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On July 26, 2017, Judge Claudia Wilken of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California denied a motion to dismiss a putative securities class action alleging that GoPro, Inc. (“GoPro”), its CEO,...more

Northern District Of California Partially Dismisses Securities Claims For Failure To Sufficiently Allege Misstatements And Control...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 28, 2017, Judge Charles R. Breyer of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California ruled, among other things, that allegations of knowledge of “defeat devices” did not equate to knowledge of...more

11th Circuit Rejects SEC Finding That Misstatements Are Material Despite Disclaimers

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

“Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants” according to Justice Lewis Brandeis. That theme has long been one of the pillars of federal securities regulation....more

Stadnick v. Vivint Solar: The Second Circuit Rejects Shaw's "Extreme Departure Test"

Last week in Stadnick v. Vivint Solar, the Second Circuit provided important guidance for determining when an omission in a registration statement is material for purposes of a Section 11 claim. The decision holds that the...more

FTC and Florida AG Agree to Nearly $5 Million Settlement With Defendants Pitching “Worthless” Credit Card Interest Rate Reductions

by Goodwin on

On June 5, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that a federal district court had entered its eighth order against the remaining defendants in an illegal robocall ring in which defendants promised to help...more

Holding Defendants' Knowledge Of Potential Tax Issues Subject To Disclosure Under Item 303, Southern District Of New York Denies...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On May 23, 2017, Judge Victor Marrero of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York denied in part and granted in part a motion to dismiss a putative securities class action against Inovalon...more

Court Overseeing the Valeant Securities Litigation Issues a Highly Anticipated Decision Ruling that Alleged Misstatements in Rule...

In an April 28, 2017 ruling on a motion to dismiss in the In re Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. Securities Litigation (the “Valeant Litigation”), the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey addressed an...more

Chris Lazarini Discusses Burden of Materiality under Section 11 and 12 of Securities Act

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini discussed the class action suit brought against Party City alleging the company failed to disclose material facts in SEC documents when it did not discuss the impact the decline in...more

Dueling Classes Dispute the Breadth of Released Claims in the Halliburton Securities Litigation

In the long-running Halliburton securities litigation, a dispute has arisen between two rival class proponents. While readers of this blog are no doubt familiar with The Erica P. John Fund, Inc. v. Halliburton Co. case and...more

Green Bonds – An Introduction

by White & Case LLP on

Since their introduction in 2007, Green Bonds issuances have exponentially increased in volume and have become part of the lexicon of environmental finance. Simply defined, Green Bonds raise funds for new and existing...more

Court Of Appeals Affirms Dismissal Of “Shadow Insurance” Lawsuits

by Carlton Fields on

In a summary order, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has affirmed the dismissal of two “shadow insurance” putative class action lawsuits against Axa Equitable Life Insurance and Metropolitan Life...more

First Circuit Affirms Tough Standard for Alleging Securities Fraud; Revives One Claim Against Local Drug Maker

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

On November 28, 2016, the First Circuit upheld the dismissal of all but one of the class action securities fraud claims against Cambridge, MA drug company, ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc., reaffirming the exacting pleading...more

"Forward Momentum: Trulia Continues to Impact Resolution of Deal Litigation in Delaware and Beyond"

Throughout the second half of 2015, the Delaware Court of Chancery began questioning its long-standing practice of approving deal litigation settlements involving broad releases for defendants in exchange for disclosure (or...more

Second Circuit Accepts Controversial “Inflation-Maintenance” Theory of Securities Fraud Liability

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

In so-called “price maintenance” securities fraud cases, plaintiffs argue that a misrepresentation that does not cause a stock’s price to rise can nevertheless be actionable under Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange of...more

Taming the Bull Rider: Chancery Court Reining in Mootness Fee Awards in Merger Litigation

Last month, the Delaware Chancery Court drastically reduced – from $275,000 to $50,000 – a mootness fee award requested by plaintiffs’ counsel in a lawsuit challenging the merger between PayPal and Xoom Corporation, finding...more

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